Hey friends, welcome back to Darling in Scarlet! Today I have something extra special for you, and something a little not-so-typical. Instead of the classic fashion post, I’m instead going to introduce you to someone who has inspired me for far longer than she probably realizes. As a dance competition kid myself growing up (there’s a little fun fact for you all), I remember always watching Djouliet’s pieces on stage. She was mesmerizing then, and she’s grown into such a beautiful dancer today. Funny how life comes full circle- now here I am interviewing her on my blog. Irregardless, I am SO excited for her to delve deep into her exciting world as an up-and-coming dancer and model. Keep scrolling for the full 10 questions, and some absolutely STUNNING photos of her work as a model.
1. How would you describe what you do?
Well, I would describe myself as an artist. A hustler. A workaholic. I love what I do, I love to perform. I am a performer. Dancing was my first expression of that, but has recently branched into modeling and even acting as well. I’m very fortunate to do what I do every day. Even if I’m exhausted. Even if I hear more “no’s” than “yes’s”… I’m still grateful for every chance.
2. What’s a typical work week like for you?
What’s typical in this industry? Oh boy… my life’s not typical or predictable at all. That’s what I love about it. I guess I could say in an average week I’d head out to dance auditions and model castings depending on the day. Some weeks I don’t have any castings to go to at all. That’s when you have to create work for yourself- I work on a lot of passion projects with my friends. We’re all artists, so we’re all kind of in the same boat. I surround myself with people who love what they do. When we get together and create it really shows. For example, yesterday me and my friend Jordana (who works on the creative team for SheaMoisture) hung out in this cool loft I’m staying in for a couple of weeks and took some photographs. I danced around in a tank top and jeans, and she filmed me on Super8. It was casual, but we came up with some beautiful stuff. We’re working on filming a dance film soon, hopefully with a cool brand. So watch out for that. I also work at SoulCycle, which is a fun fact about me haha! So you can find me there sometimes, as well as in dance classes around the city.
3. How did you get started with dancing?
I started dancing when I was around 6 or 7 years old. When I was living in Winnipeg, my parents moved from an apartment to our first house. Around the corner from my house was a small dance studio, and that’s where I began training. My family didn’t have too much money to be able to put me in all of the classes, but I started off with ballet. From my artistry in ballet, the artistic director of the school saw a lot of potential in me. She saw my love for dance. She was able to cut down my family’s costs so I could be a part of more classes. I’m very grateful for that, and grateful for her. Because of her I had so many dancing opportunities that my family couldn’t have otherwise afforded at the time. Dance training is so expensive. Today I’m a professional dancer signed with Clear Talent Group, in NYC. I feel beyond blessed.
4. How did you get started with modelling?
I started modelling when I was a kid. My first agency ever was Panache in Winnipeg. Ha! I remember doing a segment for LaSenza Girl on The Big Breakfast. That felt like such a big deal to me at the time. I actually did that with Sara Thompson, who now is also working professionally in the performance industry. It’s funny how things come full circle. I’m so proud of people from Winnipeg making big leaps! Today I’m signed with STATE Management in NYC for modelling. I have the luxury to work with my favorite beauty brand SheaMoisture very often. They scouted me while I was dancing for this weird experiential performance boutique called Glossier You.
5. What do you like about what you do? What do you dislike?
I like the creativity. I like the art. I like the passion and the hustle, working hard to become better every day at what I do- all while having fun. Dance is fun. Modelling is fun. Acting is fun! I like the passionate people I meet along the way. I have to say I have some of the greatest friends.
What do I dislike? Well, I get really anxious about a lot of things. I have a difficult time forgetting about auditions after I’ve done them. I think about them over and over again, sometimes even giving myself a stomach ache. I am such a nervous person! That’s what I dislike… and it’s all under my control! Ha!
6. What is most challenging about what you do? Most rewarding?
What’s most challenging about what I do is auditioning in NYC amongst the most talented people in the world. You really have to step up your game and work hard if you want to be successful. At the same time, you can’t be too hard on yourself. You will hear a lot of no’s, but all it takes is one yes. The one yes is the most rewarding, knowing I worked my ass off to hear it.
7. What advice would you offer someone considering these careers?
Run! Just kidding. Honestly, throw yourself in- but only if you have a backbone. If you’re not tough, the rejection that’s about to come your way is going to break you. It’s all about persistence and not taking things to heart. You also just gotta be yourself, don’t bother trying to be someone else. It wastes energy! You will NOT have time to waste ANY energy in this career. You’ll need all the energy you can get to get through the day.
8. What is a common misconception that people have about what you do?
Hmmm… I have to think about that one. I think that a lot of people seem to feel like what I do is easy. It’s not conventional, sure. It’s not a 9-5. But sometimes it’s a 4-4, meaning 4 pm to 4 am… and sometimes longer than that, especially on dance commercials or tv. It’s a performer’s job to make it all look easy. The reality is we’re busting our butts to make it seem that way. The hours we put in are brutal, but worth it.
9. What are your goals/ dreams for the future?
I have so many goals that I don’t even know where to begin! My first goal is to dance for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in the ensemble. That has been my dream for the past couple of years. Who knows, maybe it’ll come true in the next few years?
Another goal of mine is to book more tv/film gigs. I’ve been craving a different kind of expression lately. I’m starting to feel my body wear down a little bit from dancing, and I’m always looking into other avenues of performance. I may be working on a few short films this summer, and potentially a full-length in the fall. It’s all up in the air still. I never know what’s coming next.
10. What else would you like people to know about your career?
It’s all fun! xx
So there’s that, my first of many “10 Questions”. I hope this boss babe interview gave you some hump day inspiration and motivation. I CANNOT WAIT to see where Djouliet’s career takes her, and you best believe I’ll be following along with her journey every step of the way. If you’d like to check out more of her work, or just see what exciting new things she’s been up to, click here! For now though; take care, and remember that Friday is a mere two days away…
Xo, Quinn Cove